The Crime of Punishment: a Challenge for the New Millennium

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Azenabor, G.E
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The question of punishment has been a subject of great controversy among 11100:l! philosophers and jurists. The fundamental questions in the issue of punishment are; what is punishment? What is the justification for punishment? How do we determine the appropriate penalty for a criminal? Is punishment morally acceptable? Is punishment not vegeance or "an eye for an eye"? It is in an attempt to answer these questions and related ones that I venture to write this paper. I argue that punishment is a crime against the criminal. Punishment is part and force of a rule of law, utilize to minimize the occurrence of forbidden acts in order to make society function. But as we move to the next millennium can't society be restructured in such a way that we nib crime ham the bud and punishment would be unnecessary? The question then becomes how? We argue that the"how" involves a sort of behaviour modification treatment rather than punishment.
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Criminal Jurisdiction , Punishment
Azenabor, G.E (1999) The Crime of Punishment: a Challenge for the New Millennium. A Paper Presented at the International Conference on 'Philosophy and Development in the Next Millennium' Held at Ogun State University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun State.